Updated 11:35 PM EST, Tue, Jul 20, 2010
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All you need is a tank of gas to cruise to these six sensational escapes from NYC according to Laura Begley Bloom of Travel + Leisure magazine. Below are Bloom's recommendations for where to go, where to stay and what to do.
Around 87 miles from NYC: Hudson Valley, NY
Where to stay: Mohonk Mountain House, a majestic 267-room Victorian castle perched atop the Shawangunk Ridge. Sure, it's reminiscent of The Shining (and possibly the film's inspiration), but the old-fashioned resort spans 2,200 acres of beautiful wilderness and a spa.
What to do: After the drive, book yourself a well-deserved massage at the spa or go mountain climbing in the Gunks.
Lodging deal: Through July 29, the Mohonk Mountain House is offering a rate of $199 per night (based on double occupancy) including breakfast and lunch buffets, four-course dinner, afternoon tea and activities like gold, yoga, fitness classes and hiking.
Around 102 miles from NYC: East Hampton, NY
Where to stay: The Maidstone, a recently renovated boutique hotel with a top-notch mixologist and Swedish-style decor (think sunny stripes and nature-inspired prints).
What to do: Of course, there's the Hamptons scene, but nature/sports lovers can hike, kayak, sail, surf or bike.
Around 137 miles from NYC: Stonington, CT
Where to stay: The Inn At Stonington, a charming 18-room property surrounded by water. The rooms are decked out with vintage nautical prints, Frette linens and whirlpools.
What to do: Get on (or in) the water and kayak, sail or swim.
Around 148 miles from NYC: Watch Hill, RI
Where to stay: After a major renovation, the Ocean House has been restored to its classic Victorian glory.
What to do: Check out the historic lighthouse, beaches and antique carousel in this elegant New England town.
Around 267 miles from NYC: Cape Cod, MA
Where to stay: A personal favorite of Bloom's, the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club overlooks Pleasant Bay in Chatham, MA and offers traditional Cape cottages as well as chic suites.
What to do: The family-friendly resort features golf, pools and even a DIY lemonade stand for kids.